This News Tribune’s local, June 7 editorial begs for an answer (Our View: “Quality candidates needed to step up”).

We all want quality candidates. However, who would want to go through the process of running when journalists, photographers, and all other media types scrutinize every move you have made since grade school? They look for any comment, tablet scratching, or party costume that can paint you as a terrible person. Their reporters and photographers push microphones and cameras into candidates’ faces just to get a comment before another media. Anything you said, whether in jest or serious, can go around the world in five minutes. If you are of the opposite party, your thoughts are distorted. Your spouse and family is chased by reporters who camp outside your house. Your employer is criticized for hiring you.

Need I say more?

Jim Gerdes

Sturgeon Lake